By: Dr. Loretta Lanphier, ND, CN, HHP, CH
Most boys develop a skin care routine of some type during their teenage years, simple due to acne, pimples, and peer pressure. However, as they get older, many men fail to continue regular care of their skin, and neglect toning and moisturizing that can greatly improve both the appearance and texture of their skin.
Skin care products and routines are mostly geared towards women, but men need skin care too. Men can make a dramatic difference in the health and appearance of their skin by learning a few basic principles of skin care. For starters, men need to understand their skin type, how to best care for their type of skin, and develop a skin care routine that works for them.
Know Your Skin Type
Before you begin selecting skin care products, you must know what type of skin you have. Although women often learn about skin types as soon as they can hold a bar of soap, many men have never given it much, if any, thought. Skin is skin, right? Not so fast! Your skin can be normal, oily, dry, sensitive, or a combination. Here’s the rundown, guys, on determining your skin type:
Normal Skin: If you’ve never had problems with oily or dry skin, the chances are you have “normal” skin. The pores of normal skin are small, and the overall skin tone is even and consistent. If you’ve never thought much about your skin, you probably are in the “normal” category.
Oily Skin: As the name implies, oily skin is slightly to moderately greasy. Men with oily skin have pores that are medium to large in size, and easily prone to blockage. You are likely to have problems with pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, and acne cysts. One good thing about oily skin is that it is typically thicker and firmer than normal skin, which makes it more resistant to environmental damage.
Dry Skin: Dry skin tends to be thinner than normal skin, and is often described as tight, itchy, and rough in texture. Dry skin is easily irritated, and the low humidity and dry indoor air of winter is especially troublesome for folks with dry skin.
Sensitive Skin: If you have sensitive skin, you are probably very aware of it. Men with sensitive skin are prone to rashes and irritation caused by many different factors including the sun, perspiration, temperature extremes, colognes and after shaves, shaving creams or lotions, and soaps. Choose your skin care products very carefully if you have sensitive skin. Avoid anything containing dyes, alcohol, perfumes, or any other unnecessary chemical ingredients that may irritate your skin.
Combination Skin: This skin type is used to describe facial skin that has both dry and oily patches. Combination skin commonly exhibits an oily “T-Zone” (forehead, nose and chin) combined with dry skin on the cheeks and around the eyes. In some cases, these oily/dry zones may be reversed. If you have combination skin, there are skin care products available that are specially designed for your type of skin.
A Skin Care Routine for Men
OK. Now you know your skin type and you have purchased the right kind of products that you need. The next logical question is “What do I do with them?” Don’t let the phrase “skin care routine” scare you. Most men have an exercise routine, a daily schedule, and a financial plan. You really need to add a skin care regimen into your day as well. It’s not just for the ladies. In fact, the more active you are, the greater need you have to take care of your skin. Men who stretch their skin while working out and expose themselves to sweat, sun, wind, and other elements can have more skin problems than women who do the same, especially if they don’t cleanse and maintain their skin properly.
Taking care of your skin does not have to be a difficult and time-consuming process. You just need to implement a simple routine that you are consistent with on a daily basis:
Wash: Don’t let your morning shower before work take the place of washing your face properly. Use products designed for your skin type, and gently wash your face twice a day. In the morning, facial cleansing will remove any perspiration and debris that surfaced during the night. (Your body cleanses itself of impurities while you sleep). In the evening, cleansing will take care of any sweat and grime that has accumulated throughout the course of the day.
Tone: Step 2 is only for men with normal, oily, or combination skin. If you have dry or sensitive skin, skip this step. Toners may be irritating to dry or sensitive skin. Be sure to choose an alcohol-free toner. Toning products offer extra cleansing and help to maintain proper pH balance on your facial skin.
Moisturize: Use of a quality moisturizer such as Purely Ageless™ will help keep your face well hydrated. Many moisturizers also include a natural sun block component as well. Choosing a moisturizer with a minimum SPF rating of 15 will protect your skin from the sun, and avoid the necessity of remembering to apply an additional product as well.
About the Author
Loretta Lanphier, ND, CN, HHP, CH is a Doctor of Naturopath (traditional), Clinical Nutritionist, Holistic Health Practitioner and Clinical Herbalist in The Woodlands, TX and Founder / CEO of Oasis Advanced Wellness. Under her leadership, OAW is known and respected as one of the leading companies in providing safe, clean and hi-tech natural health and wellness solutions for whole body wellness. Because of the need for high-end natural and organic skin care products, Dr. Lanphier has developed Oasis Serene Botanicals™, an all-natural skin care line which promotes natural health and anti-aging solutions for the skin. All Oasis Serene Botanicals™ and Oasis Advanced Wellness developed products are free of toxic ingredients, heavy metals, irradiation, excipients and preservatives and are certified organic, organic, wild crafted or of the highest purity and quality that we can obtain while still providing the utmost degree of active ingredients. All products are laboratory tested to ensure that you are getting exactly what the label states. We will never knowingly compromise health in order to provide a cheaper product or to get a product out quickly. Lanphier is Editor and contributor to the worldwide Free E-newsletter Advanced Health & Wellness. Please visit us at Oasis Advanced Wellness, Acne Resource Center, Allergy-Asthma-Sinus Relief Resource Center and www.oasisserene.com